9461. Vancouver's Isld

5 Nov 1849.
I am commanded by my Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty to send you herewith for the Information of Earl Grey,
2To Hudsons Bay Comp for information 16 Nov / 49
a Copy of a Letter from Rear Admiral Hornby dated the 29th August, No 78, with its enclosures, relative to the state of affairs in Vancouvers Island, and in the North West Territory.
I am
Your most obedient,
humble Servant,
J Parker

Minutes by CO staff
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Mr Merivale
As this communication does not raise any question it may, I presume, be put by?
ABd 6/10.
HM N. 6.
N. 7 BH
(There are two remarks worth making. If any one will refer to Mr Rodrester's book — & gather from that the way the Americans establish a new Govt — this account of the "neglect" of the Oregon Territory will correct his impressions. The Brit: Govt much abused as it is wd not so have neglected its subjects where it had decided to found a Colony.
2lyManuscript image the account of the Natives numerous & well armed — is an important fact & shews how little some very confident writers upon V.C.Id & applicants to this office for privileges to colonise it — knew of the Island. 3ly it furnishes a proof of the expediency of colonising the Island by means of a Company, of known character & authority in these regions.
Copy to the Co omitting the letter of their own official.
G. 8
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Nov 19 Detached letter of Mr Douglas & Sent to Sir J. Pelly, as he had not a copy.
Other documents included in the file
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Draft, Colonial Office to Sir J. Pelly, Hudson's Bay Company, 16 November 1849, forwarding a copy of the letter and enclosure.
Documents enclosed with the main document (not transcribed)
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Copy, Rear Admiral P. Hornby to Parker, 29 August 1849, describing the visit of HMS Inconstant, and Captain Shepherd's visit to Vancouver Island, with enclosure.
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Copy, Chief Factor James Douglas to Captain Shepherd, 28 May 1849, describing the state of affairs in the North West region (15 pages), enclosed in the above entry.
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People in this document

Blackwood, Arthur Johnstone

Douglas, James

Grey, Henry George

Hawes, Benjamin

Hornby, Phipps

Merivale, Herman

Parker, John

Pelly, John Henry


Shepherd, John

Organizations in this document

Colonial Office

Hudson's Bay Company

Lords Commissioners of the Admiralty

Vessels in this document

HMS Inconstant, 1836-1862

Places in this document

Oregon Territory, or Columbia District

Vancouver Island